TVG: 1.04 – On Languages (Verbal, Not Programming)

Firstly… Steve apologizes profusely for his terrible audio quality. Having just moved, his mic set-up isn’t what it should be and it’s resulted in levels being blown out.

As you know, Steve has just recently moved to Montréal which is in the French region of Canada. This poses the question of what is it like moving to French Canada as an English speaker?

In this episode we discuss the milestone of our kids first starting to talk and the idea of raising them multi-lingual. This leads into a discussion of what it was like learning French as a child in English Canada and how things have changed with being an adult that travels the world.

Steve talks about quitting Japanese, and Matt talks about interests in language and then we discuss whether or not there is a language barrier in Montréal and some of the cultural differences we’ve witnessed between Montréal and Vancouver.

This leads into a small talk about Silence before we catch up on what Matt’s been playing this week.

TVG: 1.03 – Gaming and Moving

Freshly emptied box onto the sofa after moving.

Huzzah! It’s 2017 (for realsies!)

Steve’s finally relocated his nerdy butt over to Montréal and while he hasn’t gotten around to building himself an Ikea bed just yet, he is in a position to allow us to finally get back to our recording routine. That means that yes, this episode was actually recorded this week.

In this week’s 54+ minute gamecast we talk about Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Nintendo’s primitive rules for buying digital games, and moving.

TVG: 1.02 – Star Wars

Rolling further in to the new year with some random Star Wars talk? Sure, why not.

After rounding out last year with some on-topic discussions of recent happenings and some reminiscence of the year in gaming, this week we visit the business of Star Wars sequels and prequels, and do our take on the topic that everyone has talked over to death: “Where were you when Episode 1 came out?”. Or, more accurately, “Why were all the prequels so bad?”

TVG: 1.01 – What Did We Play in 2016?

Hello again, faithful. So the end of the year is finally upon us, and it’s time to reflect on all of our gaming exploits throughout 2016. Not the hottest selection of games from Matt (Parenting! Thank you!) but Stephen has done a pretty respectable job of fitting in some good time for a variety of gaming delights. This time around, our conversation focuses on the games we finished, the games we didn’t, and our favorites from the year.

Stephen has a well documented list of respectable length while Matt’s finished games selection can be counted on one hand. Read More >

TVG: 1.00 – It’s a New Year! (But Also Still 2016!)

This is not actually from the new year's fireworks (shhhhh)

It’s a New Year, it’s a New Season! It’s us catching up for the first time in a couple of weeks!

In this week’s Gamecast we catch up on our holiday adventures, hangouts, and loot. Steve’s back from a short apartment hunting trip and about to embark of his family’s big move and Matt was inspired to play some of his Kickstarted boardgames. Did you find any good gaming deals over the holidays? Did anyone get you something particularly awesome? Let us know!

TVG: 0.10 – Kickstarter and Crowdfunding Musings

Kickstarter logo

Cheers faithful ones!

Hopefully everyone had a fantastic holiday! We took some time off to visit with family and relax, and so this time around we’re pulling an unreleased podcast from our vault to discuss our backing histories on Kickstarter, as well as our general attitudes and experience with crowdfunding.

We aren’t extensive Kickstarter enthusiasts, but we have supported a somewhat diverse set of projects, and we toyed around with the idea of launching our own Kickstarter during our indie game dev days. As always, general chatter about games and what we’ve been playing creeps in a bit (certainly a happy addition to any serious conversation).

If you’re looking for talk of holiday grabs and gaming, then you’ll have to stay tuned for next time!

TVG: 0.09 – Back from Japan and Black Friday

Matt's Famicom Collection

Hey Paisanos!

Matt’s back from Japan and Steve’s back from Black Friday shopping. That’s right, this podcast is actually coming a little later than recorded, but with Matt galavanting around the world who can blame us?

The gaming gods have provided a bountiful harvest this year and in this episode we discuss some of our recent aquisitions. It’s mostly a 40 minute geek out session about the marvelous physical media Matt got his mitts on in the land of the rising sun, and all the things Steve said he wasn’t going to buy this year that he picked up anyways.

TVG: 0.08 – Gaming Regions Past and Present

Ever been frustrated that you can’t play your imported game on your domestic console? Ever have troubles with your Nintendo account because you now live in a country different than when you created the account? Ever experience the wonderful joy of scouring the internet to find a work-around for your region-locking blues?

In this episode, we discuss the woes we’ve faced as global nomads and avid game-geeks, including issues with online accounts, region locking on portable systems, importing international gems, hardware compatibility, and the like.

TVG: 0.07 – Working in Games: Aspiration and Reality

In this episode, we discuss our long term career plans and impressions of what it means to work in the game industry. We touch on some of the challenges involved considering our plights as parents of young children, and contrast our respective chosen career paths as one who’s taken the plunge and works in games versus one who’s gone the risk-averse, stable route of a more traditional software/hardware development job. Adult stuff, folks!

Speaking of work… not much in terms of gaming this time. Life gets in the way like that.

TVG: 0.06 – On Nova Scotia and Gaming Literature

A small collection of books and games

Being a working parent means that side projects require effort outside regular hours. This time around, we got up at 5AM on a Tuesday to make sure we had our chance to catch up on everything important in the world of us gaming.

In this episode we start off catching up on the latest games we’ve been playing (Matt: Battlefield 1, Steve: Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright).  Steve was able to finish off playing Birthright and has now moved onto reading up on the Reverse Design Forum’s Final Fantasy VI analysis. Bringing this up lead into a conversation about some of the books we’ve either read or have been intending on reading. For those who might be interested in checking out some of the titles we mentioned…

Some of these books include:

Stores that we mentioned that we like are:

With some brief discussion on the shows: